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October 27, 2020

It has been quite a while since I last wrote a community update. But life has been crazy here, and something else always gets in the way. Today I am fixing this.

COVID-19 Media Briefing for 10/27/2020 - new record for cases and deaths

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COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/27/2020

October 27, 2020

The state today has reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths (64 new deaths reported today). Additionally, 5,262 new infections were reported today, which is also a new record.

Who:

Jeff Smith - Search for Truth During an Election

State Senator Jeff Smith
October 27, 2020

As we approach another Election Day, we all feel the heat from both major political parties as they do all they can to get their voters to show up for their candidates. Many voters – if they haven’t already – will stop answering the phone to avoid robocalls. Mailboxes will be filled with full-sized glossy cards and TV ads will play one after another, either celebrating or desecrating a candidate.

Free Dunn County Covid Testing

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October 26, 2020

A free COVID-19 testing clinic will be held in Menomonie on Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Nov. 24, and December 8 from 11 AM until 7 PM. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 may be tested at the clinic. It will be held in the large animal building at the County Fairgrounds (Dunn County Rec Park) at 620 17th St. South East. More details are available in the graphic above. 

This clinic will be supported by the Wisconsin National Guard.

US Supreme Court stops changes to Wisconsin election law for Nov. 3

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October 26, 2020

The US  Supreme Court ruled 5-3 today to no allow changes to the election laws in Wisconsin to allow more time to send absentee ballots in. The result of this ruling is that all absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election must arrive by 8 PM on election day. The court believed that the courts should not be deciding on and changing election law due to the pandemic. 

Menomonie School Board approves winter sports

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Menomonie Special School Board Meeting 10/26/2020

October 26, 2020

In accordance with the guidelines from the Dunn County Health Department, in-person attendance for the public Board meeting will be limited to 25 people. It is anticipated that there will be 14 spaces available for members of the public. The meeting will also be live-streamed on this page, Facebook Live, and

With All Eyes on Wisconsin, Partisan Gridlock at State Elections Commission Frustrates Voters and Local Officials

October 26, 2020

Evers recall effort fails

Governor Tony Evers
October 26, 2020

Despite claiming last week that the Evers recall campaign had sufficient signatures to force a recall election, this morning organizer Misty Polewczynski announced that the campaign did not have enough signatures to continue. The signatures were due at the Wisconsin Elections Commission office tomorrow, Tuesday Oct. 27.

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 10/23/2020

Data Update
October 23, 2020

972 Positive Cases in Dunn County 

10,794 Negative Cases in Dunn County 

797 Confirmed Cases that Have Now Been Symptom Free for 10 days and Have Been Released from Isolation. 

190,478  Positive Cases in Wisconsin 

1,744,072 Negative Cases in Wisconsin

1,745 Deaths in Wisconsin 

As cases continue to rise, please keep these things in mind when you do choose to leave your home.

-- Stay at home except for essential travel;

COVID-19 Misinformation And The Paranoid Style In Wisconsin's Pandemic Politics

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October 23, 2020

When the coronavirus started spreading around Wisconsin in the spring of 2020, Dr. Chad Tamez hosted Facebook Live sessions to help patients understand what was initially a mysterious new pathogen. A family physician who co-owns a private practice in West Bend, Tamez seized on the power of social media to discuss new medical findings about the coronavirus.

Today's poll -- Have You Voted?

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October 23, 2020

We'd like to know if you have voted, or are going to vote.

Second and last Presidential Debate

Second 2020 Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden

October 22, 2020

This is the last Presidential Debate for this election since the original 2nd debate was canceled after President Trump became ill with COVID-19 and refused to do the debate in a virtual format. Tonight's debate will be slightly different than the first since the committee has decided that microphones for the candidates will be muted during parts of  the debate to keep them from talking over their opponent and the moderator.

The debate begins at 7 PM Central Time.

Wisconsin Election Commission discusses election issues

October 22, 2020

Meagan Wolfe reported this afternoon that 70 communities are still in need of about 200 poll workers, and reminded people that they can see where workers are needed and volunteer at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PollWorker. At the moment the City of Eau Claire, City of Menomonie, and Town of Menomonie are on the list of places looking for more workers.

COVID-19 DHS Media Availability for 10/22/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/22/2020

October 22, 2020

Who:

  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer for the DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor
  • Deb Standridge, Chief Executive Officer of the Alternate Care Facility at State Fair Park. 

 

When: Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:30 p.m

5th CD Fair Maps Hearing

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October 21, 2020

The People's Map Commission appointed by Governor Evers is continuing to have hearings to receive input on the creation of fair maps in the state. The hearing concentrating on the 5th Congressional District will be held on Oct. 29 from 6-8:30 PM. The deadline for registering to comment during this hearing is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Each speaker will have 3 minutes to speak.

Gov. Evers Announces Additional Tax Relief for Wisconsin Taxpayers

Goverrnor Tony Evers
October 20, 2020
Sales and use taxes from out-of-state retailers and marketplace providers results in more than $250 million in tax relief targeted toward lower and middle-income taxpayers 
MADISON — Gov.

Local Food Co-op Gives Back to the Farming Community for the Third Year

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October 20, 2020

Menomonie Market Food Co-op has awarded gifts to support the local farming community through two giving programs—its Fund Our Foodshed Grant Program and the new Menomonie Market Cooperative Community Fund.

Battle of the Badges blood drive

Menomonie Police Chief Eric Atkinson
October 20, 2020

The Menomonie Police Department, Menomonie Fire Department, Dunn County Sheriff’s Office and UW-Stout Police Department are preparing for the first-ever Battle of the Badges blood drive this week. This is a friendly competition to see which of these public service agencies can get the most people to donate blood, since blood donations have been down during the pandemic.